City of Wilson tops $113K in United Way pledges

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Wilson city employees have pledged more than $113,000 to support the United Way of Wilson County’s agencies throughout 2019.

The city government completed its employee campaign last week and delivered $113,442 in pledges and contributions to United Way. That was more than $5,000 more than last year’s campaign and set a new record for the organization.

Executive Director Judi Thurston expressed gratitude for the city’s results.

“A strong campaign is measured not only in dollars but also in enthusiasm,” she said. “No one puts more effort and fun into their campaign than the city of Wilson. It is the perfect example of Living United.”

The city of Wilson serves as a Pacesetter company for the United Way, meaning it annually conducts its employee campaign in August. This year’s campaign was co-chaired by Lisa Rogers and Matt Shaw, assisted by a team of city employees.

The city’s two-week campaign usually kicks off with a luncheon and a show performed by city employees. The 2018 show was the Miss United Way womanless contest that involved music, dancing and comedy routines. The contestants competed in two shows to allow a large number of employees to watch.

The city employees have now contributed more than $100,000 for four years in a row. The per capita average in 2018 is nearly $160.

The city has won the local United Way’s Nancy Sallenger Spirit Award repeatedly for the most creative campaign. It has also won statewide attention and a Spirit of North Carolina award from United Way of North Carolina.

United Way of Wilson County’s annual drive is now underway. For more information, visit www.unitedwayofwilson.org.